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Starship Grifters (A Rex Nihilo Adventure) Paperback – May 6, 2014
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About the Author
Robert Kroese’s sense of irony was honed growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan—home of the Amway Corporation and the Gerald R. Ford Museum, and the first city in the United States to fluoridate its water supply. In second grade, he wrote his first novel, the saga of Captain Bill and his spaceship Thee Eagle. This turned out to be the high point of his academic career. After barely graduating from Calvin College in 1992 with a philosophy degree, he was fired from a variety of jobs before moving to California, where he stumbled into software development. As this job required neither punctuality nor a sense of direction, he excelled at it. In 2009, he called upon his extensive knowledge of useless information and love of explosions to write his first novel, Mercury Falls. Since then, he has written nine more novels and learned to play the guitar very poorly.
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The book starts out great, continues to be great and over all is great right up to the very last three or so pages. I think there could have been a better ending here, something not as depressing that Rec could have witted his way out of like he always does. Instead he kind of just takes in this horrible reality in a very uncharacteristic way. This is why I gave the book four stars, but it is still a fun read.
This book is a hilarious romp through a far-future galaxy that exposes some of the ridiculous throughout the Star Wars Saga and in science fiction in genre. That's not to say this is dumb, however, If anything it's quite the opposite. Mr. Kroese is a brilliant writer. Even when he isn't being funny every line of this book crackles with energy. And for every witty reference there is a smart creation of his own such as their form of Rationalizing Interstellar Travel. And as much as I was laughing throughout, I never felt disconnected from the silly universe created in this book.
At the heart of the story is the relationship between sarcastic, self-centered and self-proclaimed legend, Rex Nihilo, and his robot partner Sasha. He's a conman always on the lookout for a pay day and she is a semi-sentient robot unable to tell a lie or develop an have original original thought. Their banter and antics hold the entire story together. Every time she has to get him out of a mess of his own design or pour him a margarita while he watches others do his bidding.
The story here isn't going too win any awards, but it's almost secondary to me. This is a parody of science fiction through and through, and an adventure filled with mishaps and accidental victories. Every member in the supporting cast is great and will keep you laughing, but nobody does it like Rex. Any time he opens his mouth it's gold, obnoxious gold, but gold nonetheless. I highly recommend this novel, especially for those who haven't tried this sub-genre before and are looking for something fresh
The book is very entertaining and filled with subtle (and sometimes not subtle) sarcastic humor. Enjoying it so far recommended even for people who aren't usually sci-fi fans. Lastly, don't judge this book by its cover or description. The Wit is enough to keep anyone interested.
Rob manages to sneak in bits of American pop culture very subtly, so that discovering these gems makes the reading experience all the sweeter. I am already anxiously awaiting the next Rex Nihilo (and Sasha) adventure. Hurry up and write, Rob!